Gender: Female Meaning of Betsy: "pledged to God" Origin of Betsy: Diminutive of Elizabeth

Betsy Origin and Meaning

The name Betsy is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "pledged to God".

This Elizabeth nickname has a decidedly retro feel--think Betsy Ross and the Betsy Wetsy doll-- once seen as a perkier, younger-sounding alternative to Betty. But with Betty on the brink of a comeback, pigtailed Betsy could return as well.

Betsy's height of popularity was from the forties to the sixties, when she was likely to be the radio, film or TV teenaged daughter.

Betsy, spelled Betsey, was a Dickens favorite, appearing in both David Copperfield (in which Aunt Betsey had wanted David to be named after her had he been a girl) and The Pickwick Papers.

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Pop Culture References for the name Betsy

Betts, Betsie, Betsey, Bets, Betsi


penelope_lynson Says:


I love it! Especially as a nickname to Elisabeth.

GenEric Says:


I'm glad I'm not the only one. Strange because I love Isabel (although it's quite different from its mother name) and Elisabeth (pronounced Eh-lees-ah-bet).

April Ludgate Says:


I don't see any beauty in Elizabeth or Betsy.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Adore Betsy, Lucy and Milly 💝

paulapuddephatt Says:


Maybe because you - or/and your child - love Betsy. I agree that Elizabeth is beautiful, though - but also feel that Betsy is super cute.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love it, but highly recommend using Elizabeth, as the full name. It keeps your daughter's options open. Betsy does work on its own though, if you really aren't a fan of Elizabeth.

littlepenelope Says:


My 2 year old daughter is Betsy, not short for anything. I feel it has the same vintage spunk as names like Lucy and Milly.

Essa Says:


Loving Betsy at the minute. I'd love to name my future daughter after my grandma Elizabeth but, while I love many of the nicknames, I'm not too sure on the full name itself. Personally I think Betsy is very capable of standing on her own. I'm also playing with the idea of using an alternate Elizabeth name such as Elsbeth or Lilibet and then using Betsy as a nickname.

nellbelle Says:


I love Betsy very much! What a classic nickname! I don't find Lizzie, Liz, or Ellie as attractive as Betsy

yvonne_virginia Says:


I actually like this! It's a nice, classic name.

germanstar Says:


I fully agree with you.

TaliaCat Says:


Elizabeth is a beautiful name. Why would you shorten it to Betsy? Ugh

Guest Says:


I have a friend named Elizabeth who I like to call Betsy sometimes. She says she doesn't like it, it sounds like the name of a cow to her.